Why should I consider buying projectors for my church rather than other display technologies?
For most sanctuaries, the obvious choice is a projector. Images can be expanded and reduced depending on the number viewers, an option not available with standard flat-panel displays.
Projectors are simply the most effective video technology to create the desired worship environment.
What types of projectors should I consider for my church?
Current technology for DLP and LCD projectors each offer their own sets of benefits, and high performance projectors are much easier to find at affordable prices.
How can I use projectors to best suit the nature of my church's services?
In larger houses of worship, the number of projectors simply multiplies, with individual projectors dedicated to respective segments of the congregation.
What factors should I think about when selecting projectors?
There is, then, no one-size-fits-all solution for projector brightness, but most sanctuaries' requirements will fall into a general range.
Most churches are large and have ambient light, so they need high-brightness projectors. The brighter the projector, the larger the image you can project onto a screen. A brightness at around 4,500 to 5,000 lumens is ideal for most sanctuaries.
This can become moot, however, for a sanctuary that can install a projector in a room behind the altar, in a rear-projection configuration.
The next control issue is sending the proper video sources to your projector. Having a lot of inputs on the projector is important, because you're probably going to be plugging in multiple sources: DVD players, televisions, cameras, computers, etc.
Connections to look out for include RGB, BNC, S-Video, composite, and component. Also consider the use of a wireless multifunction switcher, this allows for less wiring from the various sources to the projector.
Certain functions can be automated, so a single keystroke can turn the power on and off at a set time each day, image settings can be adjusted according to the needs of a particular service and the default settings of a variety of features can be preset, all without touching a single projector.
This article is courtesy of Hitachi America, Ltd. Business Solutions Group, www.hitachi-ameria.us/projectors.